• The Return

  • Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
  • By: Hisham Matar
  • Narrated by: Hisham Matar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-30-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 2017
Hisham Matar was 19 when his father was kidnapped and taken to prison in Libya. He would never see him again. Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Gaddafi, Hisham was finally able to return to his homeland for the first time.
In this heartbreaking, illuminating memoir, he describes his return to a country and a family he thought he would never see again. The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale of loss. It is an exquisite meditation on history, politics and art. It's the story of what it is to be human.
©2016 Hisham Matar (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Suswati on 04-18-17

Deeply moving, the horrors of separation

A well deserved Pulitzer Prize for Hisham Matar, who speaks bravely about the terrible experiences his family faced under the Gaddafi regime and not knowing the fate of his diplomat father. It is gripping and terrifying to hear how easy it was for the authorities to arrest and kill Libyans at will even on foreign soil and the complicity of western countries that allowed it to happen. Truly a harrowing and stirring listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By FJF on 02-06-17

brilliant, beautiful and intimate

having Hisham himself as the reader, really transforms this story into a personal conversation.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 04-29-17

Loved it

Compelling true story written by a man with a fabulous poetic sensibility. Hearing it read by the author himself added another dimension, his voice is thick with bitterness and melancholy. An insight into Libyan history too. The male characters are rich and real, but we only get fleeting glimpses of the women and I'm left wondering about them.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Fiona O'Connell on 05-08-17

A powerful memoir - better in written format

I had a written copy of this book as well as the audio version and would recommend the written format - definitely 4 star. The book moves between cities and decades, often within a chapter, which works well in the written format but was confusing in the audiobook. I also feel the beautiful prose is better pondered in the written form. Maybe it was just my download but a large section of chapter 14 was repeated.

This book is a wonderful testament to Hisham's father, family and country. A story of love and loss and Libya's history. Highly recommend.

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